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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Just got a job at Petsmart :)

I start this weekend. I am quite excited. I'm working in pet care. So I will be glad to be giving out good advice on the pets I am selling. I always love when I find the rare pet store employee who knows what they're talking about. And now I can be that person. I will be able to try and make a difference in the fish, birds and other animals lives who otherwise would get improper care with bad advice.

I already know misconceptions and common mistakes in fish and bird care. Does anyone experienced in reptiles or small mammals have any good tips? I have done a little research on them before, but have no experience in their care.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 06:15 PM
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Congrats! I'm glad one more knowledgeable person is joining the ranks. :)
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Congratulations!!! Wish you best of luck in your job!
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Congrats! All I know is to clean the tank often, and check the bedding to make sure it isn't poisonous.

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Congrats!! Now people will start getting some good advice.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 06:35 AM
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Definitely a good thing.. Just don't be too knowledgeable in-front of your boss.. That can often get you canned in a sales environment.
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Congrats! I'm glad someone who cares enough about animals to do research on their care is working at a pet store. You can give potential customers good advice. :D

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Definitely a good thing.. Just don't be too knowledgeable in-front of your boss.. That can often get you canned in a sales environment.
How would doing your job well get you fired? o.O

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Congrats ! A BFF of mine would love to be work at petsmart. I hope U do well :)

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Small mammals? I know quite a bit on Chinchillas but that is about it.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-19-2011, 01:49 AM
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Pine and cedar are DEADLY to small animals as it gets in their lungs and causes breathing problems. They really should never be sold. Carefresh is a better option. It is worse for smaller ones, though rabbits and guinea pigs will still suffer problems from them.

For herps (reptiles) there is a huge amount stuff you would need to consider. What I do know is bad is that sand they sell for like geckos and beardies. They ingest it, get impacted, and die. :( So sand is a big no-no for reptiles (except for sand boas, but even then, the sand they sell at petstores just tends to be horrible). I use coco husk/fiber for my desert tarantula and she loves it. Also, tarantulas should never be fed pinky mice. The calcium makes it hard for them to shed and sometimes die.

There is no good pet for kids. Just straight up tell a parent that if the kids get's bored, and they probably will, they (the parent) have to want to take care of that animal. And there is at least nothing wrong with going home and talking about it and researching something before they come back (you can put animals on hold). No need to impulse buy.

I never understand why it is "bad" when you tell someone they need the bigger cage or better bedding for an animal... You are upselling! They end up spending more money when they buy the better products! If your manager gets on you about that, you might try pointing that out.

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